Highlights of India and Nepal
From $6,999 - 22 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
India is filled with many wonderful delights. Its architectural wonders and history will capture your imagination. The contrast of bustling bazaars and ancient ruins will bring to life everything you have ever expected to see in India. A visit to Ranthambore National Park (January to May only), one of the last few remaining habitats of the Royal Bengal Tiger, will please nature lovers. The beauty of the Taj Mahal against the backdrop of an early morning sunrise will amaze you. The majesty of this monument is beyond the scope of words. Be impressed by the intricate temples of Khajuraho. Travel to Varanasi, where millions flock each year to perform religious rituals from morning until evening.
Nepal is equally captivating; it features the greatest mountain on earth, Mt. Everest. The capital city of Kathmandu is a fascinating place, with ageless temples, traditional culture, lovely people and splendid architecture.
We invite you to discover the highlights of India and Nepal and be graciously welcomed by their warm and gentle people.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO DELHI
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Delhi for a two night stay.
DAY 2: DELHI
Explore Old Delhi; see the Red Fort, walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid and visit the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple. After lunch, view India Gate before visiting Gandhi Smriti and Qutub Minar.
DAY 3: DELHI TO UDAIPUR
Fly to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. The afternoon is free at your leisure.
DAY 4: UDAIPUR
This morning you will visit Sahelion Ki Bari, the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. You will also visit the City Palace and wander through the local streets and shops. This afternoon relax on a cruise on Lake Pichola.
DAY 5: UDAIPUR TO JODHPUR
Drive to Jodhpur stopping at Ranakpur en route, the largest temple complex of the Jain religion in India.
DAY 6: JODHPUR
This morning visit Mehrangarh Fort and the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Take an auto rickshaw to a local restaurant for lunch Followed by a walking tour through Subzi Mandi, the local vegetable and spice market.
DAY 7: JODHPUR TO JAIPUR
Leave Jodhpur and drive through the colourful countryside of Rajasthan to Jaipur. This afternoon shop at the local bazaar in Choti Choper located inside the walled city.
DAY 8: JAIPUR
Start with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before visiting Amer Fort. This afternoon visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar. This evening watch a traditional dance performance while enjoying dinner.
DAYS 9-11: JAIPUR TO AGRA
January to May – Via Ranthambore
Travel to Ranthambore National Park, one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. This afternoon enjoy a canter safari. Tomorrow you will have a morning and afternoon canter safari. The following day, board your train to Bharatpur. Upon arrival drive to Agra stopping at Fatehpur Sikri en route.
September to December – Via Bharatpur
Drive to Bharatpur for a two night stay. Tomorrow visit Keoladeo National Park for a morning rickshaw safari. Later we will visit a nearby village. The following day, drive to Agra via the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri.
DAY 12: AGRA
Early this morning view the Taj Mahal as the sun is rising. Later, visit a marble inlay workshop and Agra Fort.
DAY 13: AGRA TO KHAJURAHO
After breakfast, board the Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi. From here, continue by road to Khajuraho stopping in Orchha en route. This evening enjoy a cultural dance performance.
DAY 14: KHAJURA HO TO VARANASI
Tour the famous Western and Eastern groups of temples in Khajuraho. This afternoon fly to Varanasi. Take a rickshaw to the ghats of the River Ganges to witness the Puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti.
DAY 15: VARANASI
Take an early morning boat ride along the River Ganges followed by a city tour of Varanasi. Later this afternoon visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath, where it is believed Buddha delivered his first sermon.
DAY 16: VARANASI TO KATHMANDU
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to acclimatise to the higher altitude.
18 days India Only
Tour participants who do not wish to travel to Nepal will leave the group in Varanasi on DAY 16 and fly to Delhi for an overnight stay and depart Delhi on DAY 17. The morning is free at your leisure on DAY 17. After a late checkout, (except Adelaide passengers) transfer to Delhi airport. Arrive in Australia the following day, DAY 18.
DAY 17: KATHMANDU – PATAN
This morning visit the Dakshinkali Temple. Later, tour the second largest city in Kathmandu Valley, Patan, Including the UNESCO World Heritage listed former Royal Palace. See Patan's unique architecture and the lively Durbar Square.
DAY 18: KATHMANDU
Visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and the Kumari Temple. Later you will explore the Swayambhunath Stupa, Bodhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. This evening wander through Thamel Market.
DAY 19: KATHMANDU TO DHULIKHEL
This morning drive to Dhulikhel, stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage listed temple of Changu Narayan en route. The temple is the oldest in the valley dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In Dhulikhel you will visit traditional Newari houses and browse the local market.
DAY 20: DHULIK HEL TO KATHMANDU
Leave Dhulikhel and return to Kathmandu. Visit the 9th-century-built town of Bhaktapur en route full of mediaeval art and architecture, including the Golden Gate at the Palace of 55 Windows. This evening enjoy a performance of traditional Nepalese dancing.
DAY 21: DEPART KATHMANDU
This morning you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 22: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home this morning.
Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $748 (correct as at Dec 13 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD130 (AUD141) is payable on arrival in India in USD.
# Departure coincides with Holi Festival celebrations and sightseeing may be affected.
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